Daniel Bergner: The Mind and the Moon
Called by the NYT Book Review “A profound and powerful work of essential reporting,” Bergner recounts his brother’s journey from his bipolar diagnosis, along with others’ gripping, illuminating stories. The book is about vulnerability and personal dignity, the terrifying choices confronted by families and patients, and the prospect of fascinating new theories of treatment from pioneering labs. Bergner beautifully explores how to seek a deeper engagement with ourselves and one another—and how to find a better path toward caring for our minds.
World Bipolar Day is observed on March 30 every year, on the birthday of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, whose creativity was paralleled with his mental illness; he was posthumously diagnosed with bipolar disorder.